Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

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In separate appearances at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City, mayoral hopefuls Democrat Michael Nutter, the overwhelming favorite, and Republican Al Taubenberger, the heavy underdog, offered strikingly similar diagnoses of the problems facing Philadelphia, along with some remedies for the future. Both men highlighted violent crime, public education and economic development as the three biggest issues facing the next city...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The Zoning Hearing Board of Lower Moreland Township will need to hear more testimony before deciding whether to allow cell-phone carrier T-Mobile to build a 130-foot cell tower on the grounds of Shalom Memorial Park and Forest Hills Cemetery near Byberry and Pine roads. At a Sept. 25 hearing held at the Huntingdon Valley Library, angry citizens protested the proposed...
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Two Israelis receive a poster-size greeting -- written in Hebrew -- from Paul Calesnick, a resident of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, during a recent performance by the roving Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan, a young singing group comprised of 10 Israeli boys and girls.
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A crowd of supporters, a contingent of protesters and the ubiquitous curious onlooker swarmed around leading GOP contender Rudy Giuliani and his wife, Judith, as they arrived in South Philadelphia, then made their way through the crowd and up to the counter at Geno's Steaks. Giuliani reportedly ordered a "Whiz wit," a steak served with Cheese Whiz and onion fries...
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On the streets where Benjamin Franklin walked, James and Dolly Madison once lived, and George Washington may have slept, Colonial-era Jews also made their presence -- albeit a subtle one -- known. The cobblestone streets that William Penn designed between the Delaware and Schuykill rivers welcomed Jews as merchants, religious leaders and Revolutionary War supporters -- so much so that,...
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